Sport education as a curriculum model for boys’ personal and social development
I've done a few research projects involving the Sport Education model since moving from school PE teaching to university pre-service PE teacher and sport educator teaching. One of the more interesting projects grew out of a Sport Education program introduction in a primary school project that I was working on with the school PE teacher. As an outcome of conversations with the school deputy principal, the PE teacher and myself, the PE teacher developed a program focused on boys personal and social development using the tenets of the Sport Education model. Specifically, the Deputy Principal was concerned with some of the social interactions occurring at recess and lunch between some of the older and younger boys, which were leading to referrals to the time-out room at recess and lunch. The PE teacher and I were able to convince the Deputy that through sport, we could do something about the behavioural problem. Sport was to be the 'vehicle' for a program of learning focused on two components of what were described at the time as Essential Learnings: interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Boys from Year 2-Year 5 were vertically grouped and released from class with the class teacher for one 45 minute lesson per week for 8 weeks / 8 lessons for a 'boys education' lesson with the PE teacher. The feedback from the Deputy after the first year of the program was that recess and lunch time teacher referrals of boys to the Deputy for time-out had substantially decreased from the previous year.
This sport based personal and social education program was part of my early 'playing around' more purposefully with the idea of education through sport, which led me into proposing the idea of sport literacy using multi-literacy theory and the Arnoldian philosophy of education in, through and about movement for my PhD. I have blogged previously about the Sport Literacy idea here so I won't go into any detail about it in this blog. If you are interested in learning more about the Sport Education Boys Education project, an outline of the reasons for the program, the 8 lessons, and the findings of the first year of the program are available here in a paper the teacher and I presented and then was published at the 2009 ACHPER International Conference